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Hotel By The River Unclassified 18+
Gang-byun Hotel

Language: Korean with English subtitles
Genre: Drama Themes: Auteur Cinephile
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The latest from MIFF favourite Hong Sang-soo is a lyrical meditation on family, friendship and the eternal, which won Gi Ju-bong the Best Actor award at Locarno.

Convinced he is dying despite little physical evidence, poet Young-hwan (Gi) has invited his two sons (Kwon Hae-hyo and Yu Jun-sang) to join him at an isolated hotel on the shores of the Han River in the middle of winter. But father and progeny have been estranged for some time and their reunion simmers with unspoken frustrations. Young-hwan also finds himself crossing paths with two best friends (Kim Min-hee and Song Seon-mi) who have come to the hotel to recover from fraught relationships of their own.

Harnessing melancholy with poetic force, Hong’s newly hand-held camera captures with naked candour all the awkwardness, ambivalence and beauty of human interaction. Introspective yet remaining buoyant with Hong’s tendency towards the serene, this monochromatic musing fits neatly within the oeuvre of South Korea’s most cyclical auteur while kicking out at the edges to intriguingly expand his cinematic worldview.

Hotel by the River is one of director Hong Sang-soo’s most mature and emotionally rich films, a black and white drama as intellectually rich as it is visually jaw-dropping.” – Criterion Cast

Tickets

6161
Sun 04 Aug 1:30 pm [6161]
Hoyts 3 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
1630
Tue 13 Aug 1:15 pm [1630]
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Ki Joobong, Kim Minhee, Kwon Haehyo, Park Ran, Shin Seokho, Song Seonmi, Yu Junsang
Director
Hong Sang-soo
Producer
Hong Sang-soo
Screenwriter
Hong Sang-soo
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Finecut

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